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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1999
River Hill junior Courtney Savoy likes to lighten the mood."She's kind of like a comical person," said sophomore Lee McDuff, a teammate of Savoy's on the Hawks' indoor track team. "She's always making jokes, and will try to put you in a good mood."But Savoy's easy-going demeanor changes once her name is called to throw the shot put. As she walks into the circle carrying the eight-pound shot, the pressure starts to build. She is a bundle of nerves."I still get nervous when I throw at meets," said Savoy.
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Sports Digest | March 10, 2013
Laurel Park Mr Palmer wins Private Terms Stakes Mr Palmer had all the worst of it and still won the $150,000 Private Terms Stakes going away Saturday at Laurel Park. After hopping at the start and breaking last, Mr Palmer settled behind eight other 3-year-olds under Junior Alvarado and stayed there through the first turn. Alvarado began to urge his mount entering the backstretch and got to work on the son of Pulpit approaching the far turn, taking him eight wide into the stretch before reaching Where's Dominic and Battier just past the eighth pole.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2002
Throwing a shot put that weighs nearly 8 1/2 poinds is not a sport for the average girl. It requires a combination of technique, strength, quickness and concentration that few can muster. Lindsay Grigoriev of Atholton, the area's premier girls shot-putter, is anything but average in athletic ability. Her best throw was an impressive 42 feet, 6 inches last summer at the Junior Olympic nationals in Hampton Roads, Va. And she threw 40-10 this past indoor season -- the area's best. Grigoriev throws the shot put because she hopes it will help her achieve a goal of competing in the Olympic heptathlon in the 2008 Beijing Games.
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Sports Digest | May 21, 2012
Et cetera Salisbury's Tavik to vie for 2nd shot put crown Salisbury junior Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keogh) will compete for her second national championship after being selected as one of 22 athletes in the women's shot put at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Claremont, Calif., where Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps colleges will host the event. Tavik has earned All-America status in the past three championships, finishing third in last year's outdoor shot put. The Glen Burnie native will enter as the second seed, having posted a school-record 48 feet, 11/4 inches earlier this week at the Lions' Last Chance Meet, hosted by the College of New Jersey.
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By Derek Toney and Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 16, 2000
Long Reach senior Cynthia Nicholls, Oakland Mills' Kyle Farmer and Dulaney sophomore Tenke Zoltani stood out yesterday among the 1,400 athletes participating in the 38th Maryland National Guard Games at the 5th Regiment Armory. The local trio each won two first-place medals, sparking a strong showing for area schools in the event, the largest indoor track gathering in Maryland with 74 schools. "I'm very surprised. I really didn't expect this, especially in the high jump," said Nicholls.
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By MELISSA HOPPERT and MELISSA HOPPERT,SUN REPORTER | May 24, 2006
Century's Dana Reeser doesn't know where she got her strength. "In third grade we used to play dodgeball every day and all the kids would hate it when I threw it at them because I threw it so hard," said the 5-foot-10 senior, a two-time state champion in the shot put. "I am kind of a freak of nature in the strength department, I'm not going to lie." Reeser, who will try for her third consecutive Class 2A state title in the event this week, is throwing better than ever before. First, the All-Metro selection broke last year's personal record of 39 feet, 9 inches with a 40-8 throw at a dual meet at Century earlier this season.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2004
Kevin Walsh was one happy Warrior. Not only did Havre de Grace move into second place after the first day of the Class 1A boys state track and field championships at Morgan State University yesterday, but Walsh also walked away with his third consecutive state crown in the pole vault. Walsh, a Harford County and North region champion in the vault, cleared 12 feet to become the first in the school's history to win state titles in three straight years. "I never expected to do anything like this," the senior said.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun | May 27, 2007
Shannel Shivers first came to an Aberdeen track and field practice in the eighth grade. She wanted to get a feel for becoming a high school hurdler, but she got off to a bad start. Shivers crashed into the first hurdle and fell during an early drill. She couldn't make it over any of the hurdles in that drill. That experience was the main reason she skipped the sport the following spring, but Aberdeen coaches convinced her to try again. The only difference in 10th grade was that Shivers didn't need to come anywhere near the hurdles.
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By Laura Vecsey and Laura Vecsey,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2004
OLYMPIA, Greece -- This, he decided, was the time. This, for sure, was the place. On a day when the Greeks brought the Olympics back to their ancestral home -- supplying a modern and inclusive twist by staging not only the men's shot put, but also the women's event -- a Baltimore man decided to make his girlfriend his fiancee. Balvin Brown Jr., 25, a pharmaceutical salesman who lives in Owings Mills, knew this was exactly the right thing to do. His girlfriend, Cleopatra Borel, 25, was competing for her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago in this historic Olympic event.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1996
As one of the area's premier football players and shot put and discus throwers, Mount St. Joseph's Da'Vaughn Mellerson has kept himself abreast of the hoopla surrounding the NFL's recent draft.Of particular note to Mellerson, a 6-foot-4, 266-pound senior, is UCLA's 6-8, 318-pound Jonathan Ogden. Newly acquired by the Baltimore Ravens and touted as the best lineman in the draft, Ogden, a Washington, D.C., native, is also an Olympic-caliber shot putter.More importantly, he's someone Mellerson wants to emulate.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun | May 27, 2007
Shannel Shivers first came to an Aberdeen track and field practice in the eighth grade. She wanted to get a feel for becoming a high school hurdler, but she got off to a bad start. Shivers crashed into the first hurdle and fell during an early drill. She couldn't make it over any of the hurdles in that drill. That experience was the main reason she skipped the sport the following spring, but Aberdeen coaches convinced her to try again. The only difference in 10th grade was that Shivers didn't need to come anywhere near the hurdles.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter | May 23, 2007
Maketa Ruffin sets some pretty high goals for herself. By the time she goes to college next fall, the New Town senior wants to throw the discus 150 feet and hurl the shot put 45 feet. Reaching those goals during summer competition with the Randallstown Track Club would put her in some pretty distinguished company. The area records for the high school season are 160 feet, 5 inches for the discus and 44 feet, 1 1/4 inches for the shot put. But Ruffin has proved she can make progress quickly.
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By BILL FREE and BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER | May 20, 2007
While North Carroll senior Erik Adami flew through the air with a school-record pole vault of 14 feet to win the Carroll County championship recently, his parents watched nervously from below in fear that something would go wrong. It's not unusual that parents would have such concerns. Except in this case, Dad is also the assistant coach. Henry Adami coaches his son in the pole vault and other field events. "My dad doesn't like watching me," Erik Adami said. "He gets nervous sometimes about me getting hurt and that I'm not going to clear it [bar]
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN REPORTER | May 6, 2007
Harford Tech sophomore third baseman Chase Gardner is creating a stir around the county with his bat and glove. Gardner is not only second on the team with a .458 batting average, but his coach, Johnny Watson, said, "He's been a steadying influence on our infield. Just catching everything. Making the plays. Making even the hard plays look easy. He's a magician with the glove. He makes everything look easy." At the plate, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Gardner has been a "nice line-drive hitter," Watson said.
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By MELISSA HOPPERT and MELISSA HOPPERT,SUN REPORTER | May 24, 2006
Century's Dana Reeser doesn't know where she got her strength. "In third grade we used to play dodgeball every day and all the kids would hate it when I threw it at them because I threw it so hard," said the 5-foot-10 senior, a two-time state champion in the shot put. "I am kind of a freak of nature in the strength department, I'm not going to lie." Reeser, who will try for her third consecutive Class 2A state title in the event this week, is throwing better than ever before. First, the All-Metro selection broke last year's personal record of 39 feet, 9 inches with a 40-8 throw at a dual meet at Century earlier this season.
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By EDWARD LEE and EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER | May 6, 2006
Fallston swept the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference's Chesapeake Divisional championships at C. Milton Wright on Thursday. Elliott Galeone paced the boys team to 146 points with victories in the shot put (46 feet, 2 1/2 inches) and the discus (127-10), and the Cougars won three of four relays. The girls squad, with 167 points, was sparked by Kristin Baxivanos, who won the 100 meters (12.65 seconds), the 110 high hurdles (15.11) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.18). Monocacy Valley Athletic League divisional championships -- Katie Hursey won the 800 (2 minutes, 23.6 seconds)
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter | May 23, 2007
Maketa Ruffin sets some pretty high goals for herself. By the time she goes to college next fall, the New Town senior wants to throw the discus 150 feet and hurl the shot put 45 feet. Reaching those goals during summer competition with the Randallstown Track Club would put her in some pretty distinguished company. The area records for the high school season are 160 feet, 5 inches for the discus and 44 feet, 1 1/4 inches for the shot put. But Ruffin has proved she can make progress quickly.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1998
Breaking just one county boys track record is the stuff of dreams for most athletes.Breaking two county records is more far-fetched.But Oakland Mills' Andrew Long broke two records this spring -- on the same day.Long, who is scheduled to perform at the Penn Relays today, can't remember doing anything differently to get ready for an April 7 tri-meet against Howard and Glenelg.But that's the day he set a county shot-put record of 57 feet, 7 inches, breaking former teammate Brian Howard's 55-3 made in 1995.
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March 22, 2006
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD PERFORMER OF THE YEAR Nicole Sohn Northeast Last winter, Sohn claimed the Class 3A-2A Central regional and Anne Arundel County titles in the shot put with a personal-record throw of 33 feet, 1 1/2 inches. This season, the senior took the county crown, but fell to second place at the Class 3A-2A East regional championships. But Sohn added a more coveted prize to her resume when she won her first state title with a mark of 38-10 1/2 . Sohn exceeded the 39-foot mark on two occasions.
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March 1, 2006
11 Regional titles won by Southern (all under Linda Kilpatrick), the most for a county girls basketball team. 15 Regional titles won by Annapolis' John Brady, the most for a boys basketball coach in the state. Overall, the Panthers have won a state-record 26 regional crowns. 38-10 1/2 The winning throw in feet and inches by Nicole Sohn of Northeast to win the Class 3A-2A state title in the shot put. .491 Shooting percentage (28-for-57) from the field for No. 7 Old Mill, as the Patriots defeated No. 13 North County, 61-47, to repeat as county champions.
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